Swapping personal statements

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby jay115 » Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:29 am

just finished a solid rough draft of my personal statement - definitely interested in swapping with others. PM me!

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby thepcv » Tue Jul 21, 2009 7:01 am

I'm willing to swap, and I'm a good editor (Master's in English - we know editing). PM me.

Personally having problems deciding which style of PS to use (I've written 2 drafts: one more story and the other more comprehensive since I'm definitely non-traditional and have a lot of different/potentially relevant experiences).

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby Sequoia90 » Fri Jul 24, 2009 9:43 pm

PM if you want to swap.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby deadatheist » Sun Jul 26, 2009 3:12 am

deadatheist wrote:work is slow. if anyone wants i'll go over a few today, just pm to me before 2:00/5:00.

all... as much as i enjoy reviewing a ps and sharing any insight i have, i am actually still getting some pms from this very dated post. no worries(!!), we've all touched base i believe, but please no more pms based on this; i'm now struggling to be as helpful and responsive as i could on say, a boring day at work 4 months ago.

i suggest temporarily posting a ps draft and pm'ing any posters you may like to take a look, alerting them to glance at your statement/thread. i'm happy to do that as i'm sure others would be as well. and esp to share any feedback for others to read and see also, if that'll help.

good luck! and do feel free to point me to any threads with statements in need of reviewing- a brief post or so i can def. handle more often than not. sorry to even have to make this post, but detailed pms... no more, please.


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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby lml09 » Sun Jul 26, 2009 6:58 pm

I'm reaching the final stages of editing my PS and would love to swap with someone. If you're interested, just PM me!

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby lz06 » Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:19 pm

I just finished my first draft and would love some feedback, PM me if you'd like to swap

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby spekz » Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:12 pm

PM if you wanna swaaaap

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby ari12345 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:25 am

hey have a very basic first draft, need a little direction...anyone interested in looking at it/swapping? bugzybuzz@aol.com

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby zhlaw12345 » Sat Aug 01, 2009 2:19 pm

I need some help for my statement, and I am interested in reading others' and provide my (not necessarily better) perspectives.

PM if you want to swap.

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby gotmilk? » Sat Aug 01, 2009 6:29 pm

i would love to swap! just pm me

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby law_hippo » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:15 pm

Looking to swap, send me a PM.

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby laolbjob » Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:04 pm

Willing to swap my fourth draft.
Last edited by laolbjob on Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby pizzaface » Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:33 pm

I would love to swap, send me a PM please!

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby sdavid » Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:48 pm

Please PM if interested in swapping. Draft is nearly final and could use another set of eyes.

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby hds2388 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:17 am

willing to swap...pm me.

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby eakelley » Wed Aug 12, 2009 1:23 pm

I just finished a rough draft, if anyone would like to swap, let me know!

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby coollegemex » Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:27 pm

I have a PS in its early stages. It focuses on race/sexual orientation. If anyone is interested in that I'd love some feedback.

Of course I'd offer my opinion on your draft as well.

chris.a.ramos @ gmail

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby knownothing » Wed Aug 12, 2009 4:50 pm

If anyone is still interested in a swap, PM me. I have a draft that badly needs beating up.

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby jaskat » Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:03 pm

I would totally love to swap! I'd been trying to get an un-biased opinion, so yay!
PM me!

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby spiffypyro » Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:22 am

Been drafting and re-drafting for a while... but I'm finally ready to show my PS to others and get some feedback.
Willing to swap- PM :)

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby joemck » Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:12 am

Excellent. I'm at the same stage and would love to swap. I just PM'd you.

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby letsgojayhawks » Wed Aug 19, 2009 12:10 pm

i've drafted and edited my ps several times, but it could really use some brutal honesty...anyone interested in a swap?

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby La Grind Date » Sun Aug 23, 2009 6:42 pm

I would love to swap essays! (I just graduated as an English Major & Creative Writing Minor and think I can judge and help improve someone's essays.)

I have a personal statement and a diversity statement. they are completely finished. I would like to get your views!

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby MeasuredOptimism » Wed Aug 26, 2009 2:46 pm

I'm also looking for a personal statement swap. Could also be interested in swapping DS, Yale 250, Michigan & Penn optionals, but mine aren't all ready yet.

I'm applying almost all T14 and am 2 years out of UG.

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Re: Swapping personal statements

Postby sugarfree » Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:08 pm

I have posted my PS rough draft below for anyone who might be interested in offering some helpful suggestions.

I believe that my experiences as a college student and as a professional employee are what have most prepared me for the study and practice of law at XXX XXX University.

Prior to college, I enjoyed many different things: Sports, the outdoors and, most of all, playing music. Academia, to say the least, was not one of my primary concerns. To my surprise, while studying in the university, I grew to love learning and the challenge school presented. As I studied philosophy and the mechanics of logical reasoning my interest in legal theory grew, especially in reading the dialogues of Plato. Learning from Socrates, the greatest cross-examiner of antiquity, instilled in me a deep appreciation for thinking and how attorneys utilize many of the same tactics in the legal arena. Like philosophy, legal arguments are not won by groundless opinions and visceral emotions, but with logic and facts. What followed from my discovery of the Socratic Method was a desire to be more persuasive and meaningful in every aspect of life. I wanted to directly engage the legal world that shaped our rights, morals and public policy.

It did not take long to discover, however, that enjoying a liberal education does not make one intelligent overnight. For me, learning requires a great deal of work and discipline. This may seem like a weakness at first, but my determination to succeed overshadows any of my intellectual inabilities. I attended school full-time, worked a part-time job and participated in many extracurricular activities while maintaining the highest academic standards. Similarly, like Socrates before me, I had no great wisdom to boast in, except for the determination to pursue education with great humility. In the end, my determination served me well, as I achieved great academic success and developed the foundational skills necessary to compete in the academy and in the professional world.

After completing my undergraduate and paralegal studies, I instantly put my skills to work with a very reputable law firm in XXX, XX. For the past two years I have dedicated myself to the legal community as a paralegal. Each day my skills grow as I shadow skillful attorneys and learn how to apply and implement the theory of law. Building upon the skills I obtained in college, I have developed a strong sense of responsibility, time management, and the ability to handle difficult situations; moreover, I have been able to harness my analytical, writing and communication skills through my work. In my current position, I handle a very large caseload under the supervision of three attorneys. The nature of my work is demanding as I am responsible for the review and analysis of the files assigned to me. Because of my exemplary qualities several attorneys have given me the authority to negotiate matters directly with opposing counsel in order to resolve pertinent issues prior to their respected hearing dates. This responsibility entrusted to me provides my supervising attorneys with additional time to invest in their practice and the betterment of our firm. These daily experiences have developed my skills beyond the average duties of a common legal assistant and have taught me how to think and act more like a lawyer. In addition, to my current legal duties, I also volunteer my services with a non-for-profit public interest firm in XXX, XX. I help research and compile general election information for the firm’s published voter’s guide. It is not much, but it is an opportunity to serve and help make a difference in the community by providing education and information to voters.

I have no doubt, given my past experiences, that I am exceptionally suited for the study of law and committed to the task. Moreover, I am especially excited about XXX XXX University School of Law (XXX) because of its part-time evening program that provides working professionals with an opportunity to earn their Juris Doctorate. My background is tailor made for XXX’s law program as it will allow me to continue my legal work within the community as I offer my personal qualifications to the school of law. To that end, with humility and determination, I look forward to the rewarding challenges of law school.

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